Goodbye 2017, HELLO 2018 >=D

As I sit and write this, I can't help but reflect on how amazing this year has been. In fact, 2017 hands down might have been the best year of my life thus far. From all the shows we've played, to the wonderful new friends we've made, to the love we've strengthened with old friends, and the new songs that came forth as a result.... it's all so overwhelming to think about.

I sometimes get so caught up in what still needs to be done, that I hardly ever appreciate what has already come to pass. We released an album, but I'm already working on the next one. We released a music video, but we've got more video content in the works. We've booked and played more out-of-state shows than ever before through a tour we organized by ourselves. More press, more parties, more memorable shows, more new music! I've written some of my favorite songs this year that I can't wait to record. Heck, I EVEN BUILT MY FIRST CUSTOM GUITAR.

UGH, my thoughts are a jumbled mess right now. We played our last show of the year last night, but we still got another next week in NJ. And then another one in Feb. And then some new songs that we're gonna demo. Then some REALLY interesting videos coming soon as well (seriously, subscribe to our YouTube Right. NOW). That's because that's how I work. It's the only way I operate.

However, after cleaning out my phone and going through pictures of all that we've accomplished, all the opportunities we've been given, all the new experiences we've had, and new stages we've graced, it really hit me like a tidal wave. It's all for you. It's all about you. It's all possible because of you. I love you. I miss you.

So with that said, here's to you

2018. We've been waiting for you our entire lives...

It's not over yet... Fight To Save Net Neutrality!

Fight to protect your own rights. Petition to have Congress step in and save net neutrality. Paying one price for internet and getting it at a fair speed should not be offered at different price points to the haves and have nots. Stop the FCC from choosing big businesses over YOU. The moment they privatize the internet is the moment they control ALL THE INFORMATION IN THE WORLD. That includes not only yesterday or today, bu beyond. Sign in and help the ACLU keep the future of news, communication, and justice fair, for the people, and by the people.

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Sinful Things Acoustic Series: MERCEDES (Video)

Check out our performance of "Mercedes", the first release of the 'Sinful Things Acoustic Series' via the lovely folks at @sofarnyc.

Sidenote: that shirt looked hella good, huh? πŸŒ·πŸŒΈπŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸŒ»πŸŒΌπŸ΅πŸ’

Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert + Me (Updated)

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This Sunday is probably going to be the most intense, stressful, magical, important show that I've ever played. Anyone who knows me well enough can tell you the impact Jeff Buckley has had on my life. It was only a few years ago that I was watching Gary Lucas perform at a Jeff Buckley tribute show. It was one of the most moving shows I've ever been to in my life. Now I'm on the other side of the stage, and on the same bill as him. That's so weird...

Here is photographic evidence of that time I totally invaded Gary Lucas' personal space for a picture (on a very old phone, obviously)

Here is photographic evidence of that time I totally invaded Gary Lucas' personal space for a picture (on a very old phone, obviously)

You see, Jeff's music found me at an interesting time. I was experiencing and feeling things that I perhaps should not have been feeling. Without getting into any specific details (so as to avoid hurting anyone's feelings), I was feeling so many contradictory things that you'd never think I'd feel on the outside looking in. It all stemmed from not feeling understood and having limitations. That stifles people in a big way, I feel. Long story short, finding his music was a purifying wave that completely swept me away. You know that scene in the Justice League trailer where Aquaman is being splashed by waves? Yea, like that only more colorful. Here was a guy who made whatever kind of music he wanted, light or heavy, and did it with so much honesty that you couldn't help but fall in love with him. I became obsessed with the guy to the point where I knew a lot of very odd points of trivia about him. I never saw him perform live, but seeing a tribute show that featured nothing but his music was so incredible. It was the closest thing I coulda gotten, and it did not disappoint. 

Believe it or not, I had a vision board. Yes, your read correctly. I had a vision board, and on that vision board was a picture I took of a performance from that night. It was one of those performances were you can totally feel something in the air. You can feel a thickness that permeated throughout the space, that it almost warped space and time in such a manner that you can't help but fall under a trance. For a moment, you coulda swore Jeff himself was in the room, or to the side of the stage at least. It was such a powerful night of emotions for me. Everyone there was amplified on the same frequency, and were all there with the common purpose of celebrating the life and work of this true artist. It was only 2 months ago after showing someone new my vision board, that it was pointed out to me that I had achieved yet another goal from said board. I was so caught up in the hurricane of events that comes with being in a band that I didn't even have time to notice it myself. It was at this moment that I stopped and realized the gravity of the situation, and the importance of this moment for me. 

I can't begin to tell you how seriously this is being taken. Not just by me, but everyone in the band. This Sunday, 7pm at Arlene's Grocery, I'm gonna do what I've basically been doing in my bedroom since 2010; play some of the most healing music I've ever come across in my life. All to thank the guy who wrote them. All to thank him for giving me the courage and the license to create how and what I wanted to create. Drop by if you can πŸ˜‡

- theRave
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UPDATE:

How's this for a story book moment?

From being in the audience to sharing the same stage. Yowza...

From being in the audience to sharing the same stage. Yowza...